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Water Saving and Protection Incentives For Businesses

York Region offers a variety of financial incentives for businesses participating in water protection and efficiency programs. The programs are offered to owners and managers of businesses, institutional facilities, farms and multi-unit residences in York Region.

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Multi-Unit

Water-Use and Wastewater Quality Consultation Program

Benefits

Participating high water-use industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) businesses will receive:

  • A water-use profile of the facility
  • Customized recommendations of potential water saving and water reuse opportunities
  • Information to help develop a business case for replacements or upgrades
  • Wastewater quality improvement plan
  • Access to an incentive of up to $50,000 based on installed eligible retrofits

To Participate

To be eligible, the specified facility must be:

  • Located in York Region
  • Connected to a municipal water supply
  • Classified by York Region as an industrial, commercial or institutional (ICI) building

The applicant must:

  • Have a water account administered by a York Region municipality for the specified facility
  • Submit the completed application form for each part of the program to York Region

Please note this program is on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to the availability of annual program funding.

How to Apply

  1. Download the application form to your computer, complete and sign the terms and conditions
  2. Complete an online Dishcharger Information Report at yorkseweruse.york.ca
  3. Scan your completed form and email it to waterfortomorrow@york.ca
    Or mail to: 
    ICI Water-Use and Wastewater Quality Consultation program
    Environmental Services Department
    The Regional Municipality of York
    17250 Yonge Street
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1

Consultation Program Process

  1. York Region will notify the applicant in writing of acceptance of the free consultation
  2. York Region will provide a third-party water-use consultant to visit the facility and identify current water use and potential water savings through process changes or new technologies. The consultant will:
    • Meet with relevant staff members
    • Conduct non-intrusive metering of major water consuming equipment or processes for a period of at least one week
    • Review two years of water bills
    • Determine potential water savings processes and technologies
    • Issue a final report
  3. York Region staff and the consultant will follow up after the report is issued to review the report and recommended opportunities
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ICI Capacity Buyback Incentive Program for Businesses

Financial incentives are available if your facility implements one or more of the recommended capital retrofits (as identified in the consultation) to permanently reduce water use. To be eligible:
  1. Facility must have participated in the ICI water use and wastewater quality consultation program within the last three years
  2. Prior to retrofit, submit an incentive application form to York Region
  3. Once accepted into the program, eligible retrofit(s) are completed at the facility
  4. York Region will have a third-party consultant verify the post-retrofit water savings
  5. York Region will issue a one-time incentive of up to $50,000 which will be calculated based on:
      1. A one-time incentive of $0.75 per litre of water saved in a single average day through water saving retrofits;
      2. A one-time incentive of $2.00 per litre of water saved in a single average day through water reuse retrofits; and
      3. A one-time incentive of $200 per meter (to a maximum of 5 meters or $1,000) in a single average day to have sub-meters installed permanently at the facility when recommended.

*York Region takes no responsibility on the accuracy of the estimated rebate and payback period associated with the recommended measures. 

Water Conservation Success Stories

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Water Efficiency Equipment Replacement Incentives

Financial incentives are available for businesses that replace their inefficient equipment with new water-efficient equipment.

What incentives are available?

Reduce your utility bills and get an incentive of up to 50 per cent of the cost of the retrofits.  

Equipment Type

Eligibility Requirements

Approximate Savings (L/yr)

Maximum Incentive*

Walk-In Fridge/Freezer

Replace an existing water-cooled walk-in fridge/freezer condenser with an air-cooled unit

900,000

$1000

Ice Machine

Replace an existing water-cooled condenser with an air-cooled unit

292,000

$1000

Toilet Flush Valve and Bowl

Replace a toilet flush valve and bowl with a WaterSense labelled toilet flush valve

900,000

$1000

Dipper Well

Replace an existing dipper well faucet with one that has a flow rate of 0.5 gpm or less

746,000

$60

Pre-Rinse Spray Valve

Replace an existing pre-rinse spray valve with a WaterSense labelled valve

26,498

$25

Dental Vacuum Pump

Replace a liquid ring dental vacuum pump with one that does not use water to create suction

625,000

$1000

*Up to a maximum of five units per equipment type

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, the facility must be:

  • Located in York Region
  • Connected to a municipal water supply
  • Classified by York Region as an industrial, commercial or institutional (ICI) building
  • Upgrading an existing piece of equipment

How to Apply

  1. Replace inefficient equipment with new water efficient models
  2. Download the application form, complete and sign the terms and conditions
  3. Mail the completed form, receipt for your new equipment and pictures of the old and new equipment to:

    Water Conservation and Efficiency Program
    Environmental Services Department
    The Regional Municipality of York
    17250 Yonge Street
    Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1


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Water Smart Irrigation Professional Program

The Water Smart Irrigation Professional (WSIP) program is an industry-developed certification program created by Landscape Ontario in partnership with York Region and the Region of Peel.

Benefits for Businesses

For a limited time, York Region and the Region of Peel are subsidizing the cost for WSIP-certified irrigation contractors to perform irrigation system assessments.

Water Smart Irrigation Assessments:

  • Identify potential water and money-saving opportunities for your system by detecting damaged or leaking system hardware
  • Help maximize the life of your system by identifying required maintenance and upgrades and calculating the associated return on investment
  • Ensure your landscape continues to look great and save money while your system operates more efficiently

A water smart irrigation assessment will also determine if your irrigation system qualifies for a new smart or central controller also subsidized by York Region or the Region of Peel.

Training and Certification

The Water Smart Irrigation Professional program provides irrigation companies with specialized training and certification to provide “Water Smart” irrigation system efficiency and maintenance services.

Participants will learn about the new tools and techniques used to optimize irrigation systems for ideal performance with minimum water usage.

Please visit the Landscape Ontario website for more information on applying to the WSIP program.

WSIP Certified Irrigation Contractors

Book an assessment today by calling one of the following companies:

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    Source Water Protection Incentive Program

    Has your property been identified by York Region staff as having a possible risk to drinking water sources? To manage and reduce identified risks to municipal drinking water sources, you may be asked to complete projects as required under the Clean Water Act, 2006.

    There is an incentive program to help reduce the financial impact of these projects. In many cases, businesses are already good environmental stewards and only require minimal risk management measures.

    How does it work?

    Eligible projects will be funded at 85 per cent of the total cost of the project to a maximum of $10,000 (including applicable taxes).

    Properties are limited to a maximum total of $25,000 for all eligible projects over the life of the program.

    After eligibility is confirmed, a funding agreement will be drafted based on competitive cost estimates.

    Eligibility

    To be considered for funding, eligible businesses must be:

    • Industrial, commercial (including mixed use) or institutional properties
    • Located within Wellhead Protection Areas A through C
    • Engaging in activities which would be considered a threat to drinking water under the Clean Water Act, 2006

    To determine if your property is located in a Wellhead Protection Area, please visit york.ca/SPMap

    To find out if you’re eligible for the Source Water Protection Incentive Program, or if you are a business or farm in one of these areas and have not been notified by York Region staff,  please call 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75139.

    Learn more about how York Region protects water at the source.

    Success Story

    See how Supreme Auto Collision Centre protects water in this video

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    Incentives for Sustainable Residential Development

    York Region promotes residential green development by offering two incentive programs, Sustainable Development Through LEED® and the Servicing Incentive Program (SIP).


    Sustainable Development Through LEED®

    The Sustainable Development Through LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program provides water and wastewater servicing capacity assignment credits (up to 30 per cent) for new residential high-rise buildings four storeys or higher. To qualify, developments must meet specific objectives in:

    • Water conservation
    • Wastewater flow reduction
    • Stormwater management
    • Transit-oriented design
    • Three-stream waste management
    • Construction resource and waste management
    • LEED® certification

    Eligibility

    In order to participate, all of the following must be met:

    1. The proposed development is a high density residential use and has a minimum building height of four storeys
    2. The proposed high density residential development is permitted under all applicable Regional Official Plan policies
    3. The proposed development is situated within a local municipality that has formally advised York Region that it will participate in the program
    4. The project has been registered with the Canada Green Building Council under the LEED® Canada for New Construction 2009 or version 4 of the rating system for minimum Silver level achievement
    5. To support Regional Official Plan policies, development is to be located within:
      1. A Regional Centre in accordance with the York Region Official Plan and corresponding local official plan and/or
      2. An approved Community/Secondary Plan along those segments of Yonge Street, Highway 7 and Davis Drive identified as Regional Corridor in the York Region Official Plan and/or
      3. An approved Local Centre and/or Local Corridor, within the local official plan

    How to Apply

    For full details, please review the LEED® implementation guide to learn about eligibility and how to submit an application package.


    Servicing Incentive Program

    The Servicing Incentive Program (SIP) program provides water and wastewater servicing capacity assignment credits (up to 20 per cent) for new residential grade-related developments that are a maximum of three storeys in height.

    To qualify, developments must meet specific objectives in water efficiency and wastewater flow reduction.

    Eligibility

    In order to participate, all of the following must be met:

    1. The proposed development is a residential grade-related project with homes that have a maximum height of three storeys
    2. The proposed development is permitted under all applicable Regional Official Plan policies
    3. The proposed development is situated within a local municipality that has formally advised York Region that it will participate in the Program

    How to Apply

    For full details, please review the SIP implementation guide to learn about eligibility and how to submit an application package.


    Contact

    For more information, please call Corporate Services Department, c/o the Manager, Programs and Process Improvement 1-877-464-9675 Ext. 71506

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